Archive for January, 2013

Vince Ford – Star Author for February

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Hi everyone,

I’m just testing that this is loading and everything is working – looking forward to my spot in February. As you can see, I’m not in New Zealand now, does anyone know where I am?

Vince

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Summertime Reading Club winners

Summertime Reading Club winner Daniel with Mark of Paper PlusYou guys did so well! We are so impressed with your efforts.
Summertime Reading Club is over. Have a look at photos of the prizegiving at Central Library Tuam on Friday 25 January 2013. Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all who entered for their great work:

Summertime Reading Club

  • 1st prize Daniel Powley
  • 2nd prize Ashleigh-Jo Smith
  • 3rd prize Teighan Connolly

SCAPE colouring competition

SCAPE Colouring Competition - winners on display at Central Library Tuam

1st prize Arna Emslie

SCAPE Colouring Competition - 1st prize

2nd prize Jack Sheedy

SCAPE Colouring Competition - 2nd prize

3rd prize Alisha Warwick

SCAPE Colouring Competition - 3rd prize

Runner up Jessica Olds

SCAPE Colouring Competition - highly commended

Runner up Jason Yun

SCAPE Colouring Competition - highly commended

Runner up Oliver Wheeler

SCAPE Colouring Competition - highly commended

View photos of the SCAPE colouring competition.

Photography competition: Reading a book in your favourite summer place:

1st prize Angus Steve: New Brighton

Summertime Reading Club

2nd place: Hannah Warwick

Hannah

3rd place: Amelia Kirkness

Amelia

Highly commended: Arlia O’Sullivan

Arlia

Highly commended: Katie Morison

Annabel

Highly commended: Emma Rashbrook–Field

Emma

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Congratulations to the 2013 Caldecott and Newbery Medal winners!

It was an exciting time earlier this morning in the US when the winners of the 2013 ALA Youth Media Awards were announced.  The Youth Media Awards include the prestigious Newbery Medal and Caldecott Medal and the Printz Award.

Congratulations to all the winners!  I think it’s the first time that I’ve read and loved the winners of the Newbery and Caldecott Medal so I’m very pleased that they won.  Here are the winners and honour books:

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature:

There were three Newbery Honour Books announced too:

Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:

This Is Not My Hat
  
There were five Caldecott Newbery Honour Books announced too:
  • Creepy Carrots! illustrated by Peter Brown, written by Aaron Reynolds
  • Extra Yarn illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett
  • Green illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
  • One Cool Friend illustrated by David Small, written by Toni Buzzeo
  • Sleep Like a Tiger illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, written by Mary Logue
 

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Picture books: latest picks

Some picks from our January Picture books newsletter including the lovely and uber-colourful sense books by PatrickGeorge:

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Have you read any of these books? If so, we’d love your feedback!

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Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins.

Gregor the Overlander is about a boy named Gregor who lives in an apartment in New York with his mother, grandmother and two sisters. One day, he goes to the laundry room with his sister Boots, and they discover the Underland.  The Underland is a place hundreds of feet under New York filled with giant bats, cockroaches, rats, scorpions and strange people, who send Gregor and Boots on a quest searching for their missing father.

My favorite character is Luxa, the queen of the Underland.  She is a little arrogant but very brave.  Gregor the Overlander is the first in a five book series. I give it a 8 and a half out of 10. Gregor the Overlander is suitable for 9 to 13-year-olds; boys and girls alike.  Suzanne Collins is also the author of the best-selling trilogy The Hunger Games.

By Luka, age 11

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The ACB with Honora Lee by Kate De Goldi.

If you are looking for a sensational book to read this summer, look no further. The ACB with Honora Lee is NZ author Kate De Goldi’s latest book, and tells the story of nine-year-old Perry.

Perry likes to ask questions, but she rarely gets answers. Her mother and father are very busy people, and are always working. She doesn’t have many children to play with, either; only her babysitter Nina’s son Claude. Perry is an only child, and her family is very small. There’s Perry, her mum and dad; and, of course, there’s Gran.

Gran lives at Santa Lucia, a home for the elderly. Perry and her father visit her there every Saturday. Santa Lucia is a chaotic place, full of mishaps, mysteries and peppermints. When one of Perry’s classes is cancelled, she decides to spend her Thursdays at Santa Lucia with her gran. The people at Santa Lucia are, to say the least, a wild bunch. Perry’s gran, for instance, has a habit of stealing Melvyn Broome’s peppermints. Melvyn Broome has a habit of hitting people who steal his peppermints with his walking cane. Gran, as well as most the people at Santa Lucia, has a weak memory, yet instead of being confused, she sticks to the few things she can remember about her past. Perry decides that what this unusual yet lovable family needs is something practical, reliable, and orderly; and what could be more reliable than an alphabet book?

As Perry works on her ABC book, she tries to stick to the rules, but as the people at Santa Lucia help her, the alphabet soon is an ACB; a jumbled, confused version of the alphabet. Nothing stays the same at Santa Lucia, but soon Perry begins to wonder: is it Gran, Doris and the others who don’t make sense, or is it the strict, “do-as-I-say” world outside Santa Lucia’s walls that doesn’t?

The ACB with Honora Lee is a simple yet powerful novel, and will be enjoyed by children and adults alike. It is tinged with subtle humour and written in an almost poetic way. You will never want to put it down!

Reviewed by Tierney.

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Kids’ Books: picks from our latest newsletter

Here are some picks from our January Kids’ Books newsletter:

Cover: The 7 Professors of the Far NorthCover: Who Could That Be at this Hour?Cover: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies AgainCover: Starry River of the SkyCover: Heros of OlympusCover: Floors

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Have you read any of these books? If so, we’d love to know what you thought of them!

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2013 Star Authors on the Christchurch Kids Blog

There are only a couple of weeks until our 2013 Star Authors join us on the blog.  We’ve got a great line up of New Zealand and Australian authors joining us this year and I’m sure you’ll make them feel welcome by asking lots of questions.  Here are our Star Authors for 2013:

Which Star Authors are you looking forward to virtually meeting?

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Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers

Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers by Dav Pilkey is the latest Captain Underpants adventure.  Reserve your copy at the library now, and while you’re waiting, check out Dav Pilkey’s awesome website where you can read about the books, play games and watch videos.

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Happy 1000th Post!

Happy 1000th Post!

Happy 1000th Post!

After hundreds of book and movie reviews, book trailers, author interviews, guest posts, and competitions we’ve finally reached our 1000th post on the Christchurch Kids Blog.

Thanks to all our wonderful authors and illustrators who have joined us on the blog, all our Star Bloggers who were with us from the start (especially the cool kids from St. Michael’s and Christchurch East School), and everyone who reads our blog.  If we didn’t have people like you who read the blog, comment, and enter our competitions the Christchurch Kids Blog wouldn’t be the same.

To thank you for reading the blog we’ve got a very cool competition that you can enter.  We have a signed copy of the latest Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney and Ghost Knight by Cornelia Funke.  All you have to do to get in the draw is enter your name and phone number or email address in the form below.  Competition closes January 31st. 

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Summertime Reading Club Challenge – Week 4

This is the fourth, and last, of our weekly Summertime Reading Club challenges.  Each week we’ll set you a challenge and you have to comment on the challenge post to go in the draw for the weekly prize, a $50 PaperPlus voucher and a Hoyts movie pass.  We’ll draw the winner on Thursday and announce the winner on Friday when the next challenge is posted.

Congratulations to last week’s winner – Sarah.

This week’s winner is Hadas.

Week 4 Challenge

Leave a comment telling us about a book that you’ve read in the holidays and why you liked it.

Make sure you leave your name and email address as well so that we can contact you if you win.

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Amazon Adventure by Willard Price

This book is about two boys called Hal and Roger and their dad who set out in the Amazon to look look for rare and exciting but also dangerous animals to put in the zoo they run.

From time to time they get into trouble and soon they hear that the zoo and their house burned down because of a fire. Their father has to leave so he can help with the house that means Hal and Roger are left alone to tackle some of the biggest and most dangerous species in the world…

Roger is 14 and very funny and cheeky at times but Hal, well Hal is quite different. He is serious, thoughtful, kind but sometimes he does have quite a sense of humour.

I would give these series 10/10 they are so good. I think children ages 7 or over would enjoy these books so if you’re 7 or over and you like adventure books then you’d better get reading!

By Sarah Powley

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Wild Animals

This book is from the Horrible Geography series by Anita Ganeri.  It is about the wild behaviour of snakes, sharks, bears, big cats and crocodiles.  I like the facts and the stories of the people that got a very big shock.  Did you know a man got bitten on his leg and it swelled up four times its size! I’d say its for ages 8 to 11.  I rate it ten out of ten.

By Bailey.

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Summertime Reading Club Challenge – Week 3

This is the third of our weekly Summertime Reading Club challenges.  Each week we’ll set you a challenge and you have to comment on the challenge post to go in the draw for the weekly prize, a $50 PaperPlus voucher and a Hoyts movie pass.  We’ll draw the winner on Thursday and announce the winner on Friday when the next challenge is posted.

Congratulations to last week’s winner – Robin.

Week 3 Challenge

Leave a comment telling us:

 

Which book character would you want as your best friend?

Make sure you leave your name and email address as well so that we can contact you if you win.

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End of the alphabet by Fleur Beale

I love each and every one of NZ author Fleur Beale’s novels, but End of the Alphabet has to be my favourite.  It is the story of Ruby Yarrow; a fourteen-year-old girl who lives in the shadow of her younger brother Max.  Max is smart, talented and adored by everyone.  Ruby struggles at school and is always busy at home.  She cares for her little brothers, cooks the dinner and cleans up after Max.  One day her best friend Tia puts her foot down- she is sick of Ruby being a doormat.  Her outburst gets Ruby thinking…does she want to live her life being treated second best?  Of course not- so begins Ruby’s journey to find her backbone and start standing up to people.

This book is truly outstanding, one of my favourite of all time.  Ruby is one of those characters that you can instantly relate to.  If I could meet a character in one of my books I’d want to meet Ruby.  She’s just so likeable and so easy to understand.  As the book progresses it’s easy to see how Ruby has changed.

If you’re looking for a read that you won’t want to put down, choose End of the Alphabet!  It’s a book that you’ll want to read again and again.

Reviewed by Tierney Reardon.

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